Officials to meet about clerk’s post

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission announced a special meeting, set for Wednesday, to appoint a temporary successor to the Upshur County Clerk’s position in light of the sudden death of Debbie Thacker Wilfong on Thursday.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, Room 301. The County Commission will be required, after choosing a temporary successor on Wednesday, to then appoint a replacement within a 30-day period to fill the seat until the next general election.

County Commissioner Troy A. Brady III said Monday the Commission will most likely look for a prospective temporary replacement who would be familiar with the job.

“It makes sense to keep within the confines of the County Clerk’s office personnel,” Brady said. “At this point, though, I am not sure who that will be. We’ll know more on Wednesday.”

Brady noted that as far as a permanent replacement goes, the process includes letters of intent to be filed with the Commission within the 30-day period after the seat has been temporarily filled. If no letters are received by a deadline not yet set, the seat will be advertised.

Wilfong was one of the state’s longest-serving public servants, having served 43 years in the Upshur County Clerk’s Office.

She served as a deputy clerk from 1973 to 1993, and won her first of four successful elections to the County Clerk position in 1993. Wilfong won re-election in November.

Brady added that Wilfong, whom he had known for 50 years, did an excellent job and is already sorely missed.

“Her shoes will be difficult to fill,” Brady said. “She was an extraordinary person and county employee.”